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“Natural Beauty” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve

Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve
7791 Penzance Blvd, Fort Myers, FL 33966
239-533-7550
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Ranked #1 of 52 Attractions in Fort Myers
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children
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Peterborough, Ontario
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51 reviews 51 reviews
12 attraction reviews
Reviews in 34 cities Reviews in 34 cities
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
“Natural Beauty”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2013

An amazing place to experience a natural cypress swamp and all it's wildlife. Everytime we come here it is different, with many different species of birds to be seen if you take your time and walk quietly. There are several ponds with observations spots where you can search for turtles, alligators and the birds that roost in the trees. There are volunteers walking through the areas which will answer questions, or offer information on what wildlife can be seen ahead on the boardwalk. If you're there early in the morning you may also see the otters. We've heard and seen wild hogs in different areas of the swamp. You can hear them rooting through the ferns, then biting and chewing. Amazingly loud! On one visit we saw 2 female hogs at the edge of the parking area nursing their brood of young. They were laying on the dry ground, and we were very close to them. Near the Otter Pond is a huge bees nest, one of the biggest hives we've ever seen.

The Visitor's Center was interesting, especially if you have children, with interactive displays encouraging them to touch and see. This is a free attraction, but parking is one dollar per hour.

There is also a picnic area, but beware of the squirrels. They are quite tame, and although there are signs warning people not to feed them, we saw many people ignoring this. As a result we had to shoo them away while we were trying to eat.

Visited November 2012
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Moravia, New York
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26 reviews 26 reviews
11 attraction reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“next door”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2013

I love parks and this one is very good. The parking is cheap and you can spend the day here. You must take your time and listen or you miss alot. The first time we were here we saw a sow with piglets. This last visit we saw turltes, flickers, wood peckers, crocodile, two types of night herons. Theres something new each time.

Visited December 2012
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35 reviews 35 reviews
6 attraction reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Great walk with the wildlife”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2013 via mobile

This easy-to-get-to wildlife destination is near several main roads and yet still provides peace and quiet and insight into Florida's native ecosystem. The slough is quite photogenic and the docent guides are knowledgeable and helpful. The boardwalk is over a mile in length and provides many photo opportunities, with fairly close encounters with many birds and wildlife species. This is well worth an hour or two, especially if you don't have time to go all the way out to Corkscrew swamp.

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Charleston, South Carolina
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7 attraction reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“What a peaceful place!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2013

My husband and I had very stressful year and coming here helped us relax - fresh air, still water and subtle twitting of birds are so calming. Very clean place and so afordable. Perfect for kids and those who look for some quiet time in the nature.

Visited December 2012
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Naperville, Illinois
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7 reviews 7 reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Wonderful spot to visit”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2013

We visited this site for te first time last January/ February and really enjoyed ourselves. We even saw 2 wild boars digging in the growth under the boardwalk. Really a great time.

Visited February 2012
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